and if you're reading this blog, you should too.
Vaccines are not totally effective at preventing disease (any disease) because not everybody's immune system will respond. To protect the people with the weakest immune systems, everybody who comes into contact with them needs to be vaccinated. That means you.
This has been a public service announcement from Jonah.
What the CDC wants you to know about diabetes and influenza: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/diabetes/index.htm
Evidence that diabetes is a risk factor for flu infections severe enough for hospitalization:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2890346/ (9 out of 162 people hospitalized for swine flu had type 1 diabetes in this one hospital study- I don't have to tell you that 9/162 is way more diabetics than you'll find in the general population)
What the ADA has to say: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/27/suppl_1/s111.full